History has repeated itself after another UFC matchup had to be immediately stopped.
Almost a decade ago Anderson Silva snapped his leg fighting against Chris Weidman. On Sunday (AEDT), it was Weidman who snapped his leg against one of his oldest sparring rival Uriah Hall. It was the first time in UFC history a fighter has won without a single strike thrown.
There was nothing extraordinary about the kick, but the fight had to be stopped just 17 seconds into the first round. It was just the third time in the sport’s history that a competitor’s leg had snapped in half.
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He was stretchered off and given a standing ovation as he was taken from the Octagon.
ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani described the scenes as “heart breaking” and UFC a “cruel, cruel sport”.
Hall could hardly stomach was occurred, as he turned around motionless.
“I got nothing but respect for Chris Weidman,” Hall said, having collected himself. “He’s truly one of the best.
“It’s a great story that he was the first man that I fought that defeated me, that introduced me to fear, I didn’t know what fear was, I was scared of wrestling. During that time we went different paths. He was the first one that defeated Anderson, I was last and it’s just crazy that we ended up here again.
“I wanted to put on a great performance. But, man, I feel so bad, I hope he’s OK, I wish his family well if they’re watching.
“It’s a sucky part of this sport. It’s a hurt business and believe me they don’t see the fight outside the octagon. I hope he recovers. But hey, whatever rank I am in the future, if he gets well, I owe him this fight and I hope he can come back. You’re still one of the best.”